Fine Arizona Turquoise, Rainbow Moonstone and Freshwater Pearl Necklace handmade in our UK workshop. This one-of-a-kind necklace is made up of 3 strands with the shortest measuring 17.5″ and the longest measuring 19.75″ long finished with a sterling silver patterned toggle clasp. We’ve hand picked some very rare and special pieces of Turquoise for this necklace from The Sleeping Beauty mine, located near Globe, Arizona. Its turquoise is noted for its solid, light blue color with no matrix. Arizona Turquoise mines are world famous for their beautiful true blue Turquoise. Most collectors consider American Turquoise to be the finest in the world and Arizona to be the state that the best blue Turquoise comes from.
About the materials in our Fine Arizona Turquoise, Rainbow Moonstone and Freshwater Pearl Necklace
Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise dates to the 17th century and is derived from the French turques for “Turks” because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from mines in the historical Khorasan Province of Persia. Turquoise was among the first gems to be mined, and many historic sites have been depleted, though some are still worked to this day. These are all small-scale operations, often seasonal owing to the limited scope and remoteness of the deposits. Most are worked by hand with little or no mechanization. However, turquoise is often recovered as a by-product of large-scale copper mining operations, especially in the United States.